Early this morning, around 12:01 a.m. EST, you may have felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. That’s because tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went on-sale, and not everyone got the showing they wanted.
The delays reportedly stretched up to 20-30 minutes on ticket service websites like Fandango, where a “wait room” — it’s basically a digital line, no different than standing outside Tower Records for Blues Traveler tickets in 1995, except you’re not surrounded by dudes with spit-filled harmonicas — was activated. According to Deadline, “Fandango, the leading online advance movie ticket seller, was flooded with traffic per several accounts on Twitter. [Movie Tickets], according to some users, also weathered similar slowdown issues.” Fans even lined up at movie theaters across the country.
Disney is trying to keep expectations for the darker and grittier Rogue One low — well, low for a new Star Wars film — with chairman Bob Iger saying, “We’ve not ever felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did, but we’ve been very, very encouraged that the level of interest in this is as high as it was for Force Awakens.” But it’s clear that the demand is there, and based on the excitement over tickets being released to the public, Rogue One should easily meet the $130 million opening weekend goal. And then some.
Remember: rebellions — and buying Star Wars tickets — are built on hope.